Interest in Eastern Orthodoxy has been rising for several decades. At a time when many churches simplify and repackage their messages in current idioms that can seem shallow and ephemeral, Orthodoxy offers some people a deeper mystery and a stable tradition.
Orthodoxy’s ancient symbols and practices intrigue newcomers, for they offer access to realities that can be profoundly experienced though not fully explained. Nevertheless, inquirers and converts desire some understanding of what these symbols and practices mean today. Orthodox writers like John Zizioulas seek to clarify them, but without reducing their mystery or altering their original meanings.